The Passover

The Passover story is extremely familiar; you might say it is overly familiar. Did it ever occur to you that all of this didn’t just happen but because God had a plan? After the Exodus from Egypt Moses and the people were in the desert. The feeding of 2 or 3 million people requir … More

Passover

Don’t pass over the Passover. This is God’s memorial day. The Passover marks the beginning of deliverance from bondage and the beginning of the Jewish religious year (vv. 1-2). The Lord said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (v.13). The sprinkled blood on the Israelites’ houses provided protection from death when God destroyed the Egyptian  firstborn. It was to be a constant reminder that God had  intervened in Egypt and had rescued Israel from the cruelty of the Egyptians. Parents were to instruct their children from generation to generation, telling them the story of redemption through the blood of the lamb. The death of the lamb marks a new beginning just as the death of Christ on the cross marks a new beginning for the believing sinner.

  1. The Lamb chosen (vv. 1-5) - Although the Passover was not celebrated until the fourteenth day, the lamb had to be observed for four days to make sure it had no blemishes. Christ also had to be observed for four days in Jerusalem prior to His crucifixion.
  2. The Lamb slain (vv. 6-7) - No atoning virtue resided in the living lamb, it had to die. In the same way we are not saved by Christ’s example or His life but by His death.
  3. The Lamb eaten (vv. 8-14) - The blood of the lamb saved the Israelites from death; but the people had to feed on the lamb to gain strength to live day by day. Salvation is just the beginning! We must feed on Christ if we are going to have the strength to follow Him.

Application

The blood of the lamb separated Israel from the Egyptians. Jesus blood separates me from the world.

Exodus 12:1-14 (English Standard Version)


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